Boris Johnson remains in hospital following his admission on Sunday with continuing coronavirus symptoms, as ministers resisted pressure to set out an “exit strategy” from the lockdown.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was still in hospital on April 6 suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, although Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.
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Boris Johnson has the coronavirus. So does his health secretary. That means people close to both might have it. This includes the prime minister’s pregnant fiancée, anyone who works in 10 Downing Street or the Department of Health, and, well, Britain’s entire pandemic crisis-management team.
If we are fighting a war against the coronavirus, as we are told, the generals’ mess hall has just been mortared. While there aren’t any casualties, it remains unnerving nevertheless, raising troubling questions about Britain’s defenses: How was this allowed to happen, and what does this say about the country’s overall attitude toward testing and tracing?
But perhaps what it reveals most fundamentally is the paucity of the metaphor we’ve all so quickly adopted: that this is a war. It’s not. It’s a global pandemic—a medical challenge that demands scientific excellence, swiftness of action, smart government, and public cooperation. Our understanding of the challenge is not helped by describing South Korea, whose response has so far been the best, in war terms, as a kind of medical Wehrmacht attacking the coronavirus with blitzkrieg tactics. The government in Seoul is not on a war footing; it’s just been smarter than everybody else.
[Read: Why America is uniquely unsuited to dealing with the coronavirus]
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all nations and all classes of people. That’s what the news of Johnson’s infection illustrates. It is universal. Wars—at least today’s wars—are not universal. They affect different classes in different ways and are fought between nations or groups whose strengths and weaknesses are largely rooted in their industrial output, wealth, size, and manpower. The coronavirus doesn’t care about size or wealth. Its most potent adversary is boring, effective government.
Johnson broke the news that he had contracted the virus in a short clip released on social media this afternoon. “Hi folks,” he said. “I want to bring you up to speed on something that’s happening today.” The essence of his breezy message was one of reassurance. “Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight-back against coronavirus.”
What he didn’t say was that the wizardry of modern technology couldn’t stop the leader of the sixth-biggest economy on Earth from contracting the virus he wants to lead the fight against. It didn’t stop him from boasting about shaking the hands of coronavirus patients only a few weeks ago. It didn’t manage to instill protective common sense early enough around some of the most important people in the country. Technology is the thing that will eventually clip the coronavirus’s wings, but it is also what gave it the ability to fly in the first place. Today’s world is global. Viruses spread quickly, because people move around the world quickly.
The universalism of this challenge, revealed in Johnson’s illness, is its most novel feature. There are few other day-to-day problems that cross the threshold of a prime minister’s home in such a direct way. Housing, transport, food, drink, life expectancy, education—all these things and more affect different classes in hugely different ways. Johnson and his children can be educated privately; those of the cleaners at 10 Downing Street cannot. Even health care in Britain, despite the country’s universal, socialized system, is not uniform. Johnson and his partner can choose to have their child delivered at a private hospital, something not many British citizens can do.
But biology is universal. Health-care systems such as Britain’s, though far from the perfect creatures their supporters often pretend, do at least recognize the universal nature of biology—that having a preexisting health condition is not a question of individual negligence, moral hazard, or any other market concept; it’s the lottery of life.
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Pandemics like this one are one of the clearest examples of universality. The world will be able to live with it only in a few distinct ways: If it washes over everyone; if it is controlled by everyone; or if a vaccine is developed that returns the world to its divided norm, whereby those who can afford it are okay and those who cannot are not.
But right now, we’re in a moment of eye-opening universality. Each country needs every other country to get on top of the virus. And each country needs everyone within its borders to either not get it, get it slowly, or get vaccinated against it. Today, it is no good for the middle classes to stay indoors and away from the virus if the homeless and incarcerated have no way to self-quarantine, and the poor are forced to work and risk spreading the disease anyway.
This will not last forever. The inequity of life will return again very soon—even today, money is buying celebrities and the powerful tests that ordinary people find harder to come by. But for the next year or so, until we have a vaccine, we’re in this together or not at all. Including the prime minister.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and he has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise, Downing Street said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in hospital undergoing tests on Monday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms for more than 10 days, but the government said he was in good spirits and still in charge.
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Repeated denials of prime minister’s worsening condition now coming under scrutiny
The first indication that Boris Johnson was sicker with coronavirus than either he or his aides were letting on came on Thursday morning. The suggestion made by a source was specific: a bed was being prepared at St Thomas’ hospital for the prime minister, whose condition had worsened during his seven-day period of isolation in Downing Street.
It did not take long for rumours to spread. A Conservative backbencher had heard a similar story, this time suggesting Johnson may have even already been admitted to the hospital across the Thames from Westminster, and passed the tip to the Guardian at about the same time. Together it was more than enough to prompt an urgent inquiry to No 10. Continue reading...
In the slums of Delhi or Lagos, social distancing is a dream while social exclusion is all too real and pernicious
‘The virus does not discriminate,” suggested Michael Gove after both Boris Johnson and the health secretary, Matt Hancock, were struck down by Covid-19. But societies do. And in so doing, they ensure that the devastation wreaked by the virus is not equally shared.
We can see this in the way that the low paid both disproportionately have to continue to work and are more likely to be laid off; in the sacking of an Amazon worker for leading a protest against unsafe conditions; in the rich having access to coronavirus tests denied to even most NHS workers. Continue reading...
With the PM in hospital for his coronavirus symptoms, we look at who will fill the void at the head of the UK government
In his role as first secretary of state, the prime minister’s de facto deputy, Dominic Raab will be expected to stand in for Boris Johnson if he is unable to work because of coronavirus.
While other ministers, including the health secretary Matt Hancock and the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, have been more visible during the Covid-19 outbreak, that position means he takes up the prime minister’s responsibilities if Johnson were unable to perform them himself. Continue reading...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition has worsened since being hospitalised with persistent COVID-19 symptoms and he has been moved into intensive care, his Downing Street office said in a
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in hospital after being admitted for tests following 10 days of persistent symptoms of coronavirus, but the government insisted Monday he remained
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus, although his office
Carrie Symonds, the pregnant fiance of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of the novel coronavirus but after seven days of rest felt stronger
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care in hospital for Covid-19 treatment, his office confirmed on Monday.Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to temporarily take over the prime minister’s duties, the government said.“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit” at St Thomas’ Hospital, just across the Thames from Westminster,…
Britain was thrown into a mixed state of shock and calmness as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalised for persistent Covid-19 symptoms just an hour after Queen Elizabeth gave her fifth special address in her 68-year reign.Johnson, who was tested positive for the coronavirus more than 10 days ago, remained in charge of the government despite staying in a public hospital in London overnight Sunday.“This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of…
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday for tests, his office said, 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus.Johnson, 55, announced he had mild symptoms of Covid-19 on March 27 and had been in self-isolation at his Downing Street residence for seven days.He had been expected to re-emerge on Friday after a week of recovery and working remotely, but said he would remain at home because he still had a high temperature – one of the symptoms.Downing Street said…
Boris Johnson had been due to come out of self-isolation but is continuing to work from home.
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Boris Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he has it too.
A senior British government minister said Boris Johnson was able to continue running the country despite being admitted to a London hospital for persistent coronavirus symptoms.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital for tests, Downing Street said Sunday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital, 10 Downing Street said. Johnson was admitted to the London hospital with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital, after being hospitalized on Sunday for persistent coronavirus symptoms.
PM Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that his British counterpart Boris Johnson, admitted to a hospital for treatment of coronavirus, finds himself in perfect health soon. "Hang in there, Prime Minister @BorisJohnson! Hope to see you out of hospital and in perfect health very soon," Modi wrote on Twitter.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds on Sunday revealed that she was bedridden after developing symptoms of coronavirus but is now on the mend and feeling stronger. The 32-year-old conservationist had been self-isolating separately from Johnson with the couple's dog Dilyn.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's condition has worsened since being hospitalized with persistent COVID-19 symptoms and he has been moved into intensive care, his Downing Street office said in a statement on Monday.